A state-of-the-art Dry Dock commenced operations in Mumbai, India last week. The main purpose of this Dry Dock is for the maintenance of Indian Navy ships and submarines including the Aircraft Carriers. The concept design of the dock and project management has been undertaken by Royal HaskoningDHV and has taken approximately nine years to construct.
Inaugurated by Honourable Defence Minister of India, Mr. Rajnath Singh at the grand opening which took place on Saturday 28th September, the dry dock is the first of its kind in India which can accommodate Navy’s present Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya, besides the other vessels.
Situated at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, the Dry Dock is 281 metres long, 45 metres wide and almost 17 metres deep. When not in use for INS Vikramaditya, the dock can accommodate multiple smaller vessels concurrently.
Aslam Bijapur, Resident Director – India, Royal HaskoningDHV said: “This major project has expanded the Mumbai Naval Dock’s existing operations by adding to its existing three dry docks. Our design has saved space on land by building into the sea, with the construction of a cofferdam to ensure the dock enclosure is watertight during construction.
“With eight dewatering pumps, the dock can be emptied of water in under three hours, and its completion means that the Indian Navy dependency on private shipyards for dry docking facilities can be reduced. We’re delighted to have been involved in this prestigious project, and it’s satisfying to see it come to fruition after more than a decade of hard work.”